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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipients

2018

  • Carissa Cooley, Zoology & Physiology
    Cognition and Problem Solving of Raccoons (Procyon lotor) and Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
    Advisor: Sarah Benson-Amram, UW
  • Madison Crawford, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
    Investigating Potential Effects of Bloom Density on Attracting Rare Pollinating Insects
    Advisor: Lusha Tronstad , WY Natural Diversity Database
  • Alexandra Higley, Physics & Astronomy
    Quasar Spectra
    Advisor: Dr. Adam Meyers, UW
  • Rosemary Hopson, Zoology & Physiology
    Impacts of Climate and Invasive Species on Frugivory in a Novel Ecosystem
    Advisor: Corey Tarwater, UW
  • Ryleigh Kobbe, Civil and Architectural Engineering
    Determining the Feasibility of Using Nanocomposite Membranes for the Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Mixed Brines
    Advisor: Jonathan Brant, UW
  • Alex Schultz, Physics & Astronomy
    Precursor Systems to Red Novae
    Advisor: Henry Kobulnicky, UW
  • Frederick Slane, Physics & Astronomy
    Inside-out Galaxy Foundation
    Advisor: Danny Dale, UW
  • Megan Soehn, Veterinary Science
    Validation of Novel Molecular Assay for Swine Brucellosis
    Advisor: Brant Schumaker, UW
  • David Tobin, Mechanical Engineering
    Determining the Model Coefficients of a New Turbulence Model
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Stoellinger, UW
  • Russell Todd, Kinesiology & Health
    Grasping a Ball with Static and Dynamic Ebbinghaus Illusion in a 3D Virtual Reality Environment
    Advisor: Qin “Arthur” Zhu, UW
  • Kaitlyn Vap, Chemical Engineering
    Laser Patterning of Graphene Oxide
    Advisor: Patrick Johnson, UW
  • Joshua Walmsley, Chemistry
    Using Measurements at Individual Nanoparticles to Screen Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation
    Advisor: Dr. Caleb Hill, UW
  • Tessa Wittman, Ecosystem and Science Management
    Development of Improved Detection Methods for Wyoming Toads
    Advisor: Dr. Melanie Murphy, UW
  • Jason Young, Mechanical Engineering
    Liquid Crystal Elastomers as Mechanical Dampers
    Advisor: Carl Frick, UW

2017

  • Sierra Amundson, Veterinary Sciences
    Validation of Diagnostic Assay for Long-Term Space Expeditions
    Advisor: Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Samuel Berg, Geology & Geophysics
    Predictability in Delta Systems
    Advisor: Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
  • Carissa Cooley, Zoology & Physiology
    University of Wyoming Raccoon Project
    Advisor: Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Madison Crawford, WYNDD
    Investigating Potential Effects of Wind Turbine Color on Attracting Pollinating Insects
    Advisor: Lusha Tronstadd, WYNDD University of Wyoming
  • Andrew Flaim, Geology & Geophysics
    Controls on Abrupt Forest Changes in the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming
    Advisor: Bryan Schuman, University of Wyoming
  • Bailey Hamann, Molecular Biology
    Rebuilding the Barrier to Inflammation: A potential therapeutic target for the prevention of Hirschsprung’s-Associated Enterocolitis
    Advisor: Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    Copper Oxide NWs for use in Removing As from Ground Water through Adsorption
    Advisor: Teyu Chien, University of Wyoming
  • Alexis Lester, WYNDD
    Are Local Pollinators and Plants Affected by Laramie’s Mosquito Control Program?
    Advisor: Lusha Tronstadd, WYNDD University of Wyoming
  • Connor Leyshon, Mechanical Engineering
    Microgravity Research and Testing Solutions for Cube Satellites
    Advisor: Kevin Kilty, University of Wyoming
  • Ian McGlynn, Geology & Geophysics
    How Has a Changing Climate Affected Permanent Snowfields in Wyoming’s Snowy Range?
    Advisor: Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
  • Gabriel Miller, Physics & Astronomy
    New Algorithms for the Characterization of the Time Evolution of the Sun’s Inner Corona
    Advisor: Michael Pierce, University of Wyoming
  • Cody Perkins, Mechanical Engineering
    Development of High-Temperature High-Resilience Silicon Carbide Microstructures via 3D Printing
    Advisor: Carl Frick, University of Wyoming
  • Brian Potter, Mechanical Engineering
    CubeSat Functionality and Microgravity Testing Platform
    Advisor: Kevin Kilty, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Provart, Education
    Development of Virtual Reality Software for Wyoming High Schools
    Advisor: Andrea Burrows, University of Wyoming
  • Jahshua Sanchez, Zoology & Physiology
    Locating Raccoon Hotspots in Laramie, Wyoming, using Trail Cameras and VHF Radio-Telemetry
    Advisor: Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Danielle Schurhammer, Physics & Astronomy
    Finding Quasars Behind Local Galaxies
    Advisor: Adam Myers, University of Wyoming
  • Logan Stowe, Mechanical Engineering
    Metallic Thin Films For Use in Next Generation Flexible Electronics
    Advisor: Carl Frick, University of Wyoming
  • John Westenhoff, Geology & Geophysics
    Hydrogeology of Ice Within Dunes in the Red Desert
    Advisor: Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
  • Kara Wise, Zoology & Physiology
    Coupled biogeochemical cycles in the Laramie River
    Advisor: Robert Hall, University of Wyoming

2016

  • Sierra Amundson, Veterinary Science
    Ensuring a Safe and Secure Food Supply for Long-Term Space Expedition
    Advisor: Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher Brammerlin, Chemistry
    Rare Earth Perovskite Oxides for Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming
  • Emily Davis, Zoology & Physiology
    The Effect of Sex and Seasonal Variation on Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Home Ranges in Laramie, Wyoming
    Advisor: Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Bailey Hamann, Molecular Biology
    Mining the Mouse Microbiome
    Advisor: Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    Copper Oxide Nanowire for Solar Cell Applications
    Advisor: TeYu Chen, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Lehmitz, Botany,
    Botanical Close Range Sensing Via UAV System
    Advisor: Gregory Brown , University of Wyoming
  • Katie Nelson, Chemical Engineering
    Inertial Focusing Used to Separate Xenopus Embryo Nuclei for Droplet Encapsulation
    Advisor: John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Ryan Parziale, Physics & Astronomy
    Characterizing Star Clusters in Nearby Galaxies
    Advisor: Danny Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua Walker, Physics & Astronomy
    Development of Aerogel Thin Films for Optical Studies of Carbon Nanotubes
    Advisor: Bill Rice, University of Wyoming
  • Alixandra Wimberley, Zoology & Physiology
    The Effects of Urbanization on Raccoon Cognitive Abilities
    Advisor: Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Samual Wiswell, Geology & Geophysics
    From Source to the Photosynthetic Fringe: The Downstream Geochemistry of Yellowstone National Park’s Hydrothermal System
    Advisor: Kenneth Sims, University of Wyoming
  • Richard Yang, Computer Science
    Visualizing Fully-Connected Neural Networks
    Advisor: Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming

2015

  • Delina Dority, Zoology & Physiology
    Investigating Ecological Effects of Wind Turbines to Improve Design and Management of Wind Farms
    Advisor: Lusha Tronstad , University of Wyoming
  • Christopher Edwards, Ecosystem Science & Management
    High Resolution terrain analysis using Lidar data
    Advisor: Scott Miller, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    A comprehensive study on the effects of oxidization fabrication on the efficiency of copper oxide as a p-type active layer in a solar cell.
    Advisor: TeYu Chien, University of Wyoming
  • Annie Krueger, Zoology & Physiology
    Determining the realistic toxicity of Imidacloprid for a native bee species Bombus impatiens
    Advisor: Michael Dillon, University of Wyoming
  • Gabriel Miller, Physics & Astronomy
    Construction of a Differential Image Motion Monitor at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory
    Advisor: Chip Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • Jonathan Miller, Veterinary Science
    Food Security and Safety for Long-Term Space Expedition
    Advisor: Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Aaron Strom, Chemistry
    Photolysis in Solar System Ices: Formation of Vitamin B3
    Advisor: David Anderson, University of Wyoming
  • Adrienne Sulser, Ecosystem Science & Management
    Factors Affecting Probability of Amphibian Occurrence on Pole Mountain: Evaluating Water Quality, Disease and Predation
    Advisor: Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming

2014

  • Thomas Bilodeau, Mechanical Engineering
    Stochastic Modeling of Composite Strength Structures to Link Microstructure to Failure
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Brent Forbis, Chemical Engineering
    Methane Hydrate Studies
    Advisor: Dr. Hertanto Adidhama, University of Wyoming
  • Alan Hatlestadt, Physics & Astronomy
    Measuring the Ages of Galaxies and Extended Stellar Populations
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    A Study in the Fabrication and Chemical Properties of Graphene
    Advisor: Dr. TeYu Chen, University of Wyoming
  • Tyler Hughes, Computer Science
    Creating Physical Worlds to Recreate Evolutionary Arms Races
    Advisor: Dr. Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming
  • David Leonhardt, Mechanical Engineering
    Development of Robust Image Processing Software for Analysis of CFRP Microstructure
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Love, Mechanical Engineering
    Investigation of how Geometric Weave Parameters affect Composite Performance
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Jonathan Miller, Veterinary Sciences
    Food Security and Safety for Long-Term Space Exploration
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Jareth Roberts, Physics & Astronomy
    Determine the Primary Method of Galaxy Formation Based on Relative Star Ages
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Tess Ward, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Droplet Diffusion and Stretching in the Study of the Mechanisms Responsible for Mitotic Spindle Scaling
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Devon Webster, Chemcial & Petroleum Engineering
    Microfluidics in Determining Optimum Flow Rates in Spindle Size Experiments
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming

2013

  • Eric Cameron, Physics & Astronomy
    Lightening Strike Model with 2D Multiple Branched Leader Simulations
    Advisor: Dr. David Thayer, University of Wyoming
  • Annette Hein, Geology
    Tracing the Erosional History of the North Platte River
    Advisor: Dr. Kent Sundell, Casper College
  • Abigail Huyler, Mechanical Engineering
    The Influence of Cross Sectional Inhomogeneity of Carbon-Epoxy Composite Strength
    Adivsor: Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Charles Johnson, Mechanical Engineering
    Wind Belt
    Advisor: Dr. J. Sitaraman, University of Wyoming
  • Lacie McIntire, Geology & Geophysics
    Generating Oxygen through Photocatalytic Reactions by Minerals
    Advisor: Dr. Carrick Eggleston, University of Wyoming
  • Evan Martin, Geology & Geophysics
    Evaluating the Alteration of Environmental Signals in the Stratigraphic Record: A Tool for better understanding environmental change
    Advisor: Dr. Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua McConnell, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Quantification of Lateral Forces on Inertially-Focused Particles in Microfluidic Channels
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Amy Reece, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Passive Size-Selective Separation of Hydrogel-Encapsulated and Bare Cells for Whole Blood Diagnostics
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    Heartbeat Stars
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • John Stacy, Chemistry
    Bimetallic Carbide Nanomaterials as Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming
  • Talysa Stockert, Mechanical Engineering
    An Experimental Study of Heat Transfer in a Twin-Screw Extruder for On-Board Hydrogen Storage
    Advisor: Dr. Yuan Zheng, University of Wyoming

2012

  • Jacob Berg, Veterinary Sciences
    The Effects of Brucella against T-Lymphocyte Populations
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey, Adamovicz, University of Wyoming
  • Mary Centrella, Zoology & Physiology
    Development of a Pollen Library
    Advisor: Dr. Michael E. Dillon, University of Wyoming
  • Annette Hein, Geology
    Tracing the Erosional History of the North Platte River
    Advisor: Dr. Kent Sundell, Casper College
  • Tricia Jensen, Molecular Biology
    Engineering a Light Activated Caspase-3 for Cancer Treatment and Cell Biology Research
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Sean McCrackin, Botany
    Plant Responses to Light Independent of Photosynthesis: Qualification and Quantification of Photoreceptors and Light Dependent Morphological Traits Throughout Development Stages in a Nonphotosynthetic Plant
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Miller, University of Wyoming
  • Laura Morse, Botany
    Elevated CO2 and Warming Effects on Soil pH and Microbial Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Elise Pendall, University of Wyoming
  • Samual Nissim, Physics & Astronomy
    Reverberation Mapping of Quasars at Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton, University of Wyoming
  • Dusty Parker, Geology & Geophysics
    The Role of Climate and Vegetation in Controlling Forest Fires in the Park Range, Colorado
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shuman, University of Wyoming
  • Amy Reece, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Size-selective Sorting of Rare Cells for Whole Blood Diagnostics
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Erik Schmidt, Mathematics
    Analysis of Solutions of the 2nd Order stochastic parabolic equations
    Advisor: Dr. Peter Polyakov, University of Wyoming
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    A Search for Home: Kepler Follow-Up Spectroscopy
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • John Stacy, Chemistry
    Bimetallic Carbide Nanotubes as Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming

2011

  • Kelsie Delaney, Microbiology
    Do Tourists Bug Bacteria? The Effects of Human Presence and Pollution on Bacterial diversity and Distribution in the Streams of Galcier National Park
    Advisors: Dr. Gerard Andrews, University of Wyoming; Dr. Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming; Dr. Shannon Albeke, Univeristy of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacterium for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky
  • Veronica Malone, Mathematics & Science/CWC
    Synthesis of Data Collected on the Big Spring, Thermopolis, WY, Exploration of Biogeochemical Equilibrium of Mineral Deposition and Draft of Professional Publication Concerning Results
    Advisor: Suzanne Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
  • Amy Miller, Phyiscs & Astronomy
    Obtaining Precise Dust Temperatures in Nearby Galaxies
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale
  • Jason Price, Geology & Geophysics
    Seismic Characterization of Promising Geological Formations for CO2 Storage in Rock Springs, WY
    Advisor: Dr. Po Chen
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    Radial Velocity Measurements of Stars in the Cygnus OB2 Association
    Advisor: Dr. Chip Kobulnicky
  • Travis Wells, Chemical Engineering
    Electrospun Synthetic Spider Silk Fibers
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson

2010

  • Jordan Collingwood, Botany
    Establishment site preference of western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterphylla) in Glacier National Park
    Advisor: Dr. Dan Tinker, University of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacterium for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Eben Johsnon, Zoology & Physiology
    Rapid Morphological Control of Kidney Function and the Implications for Long-distance Space Travel
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Harlow, Univeristy of Wyoming
  • Ernest Lawson, Botany
    Influence of a drier climate on vegetation at the lower forest boundary
    Advisor: Dr. William Lauenroth, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher MacLellan, Physics & Astronomy
    Computer Control and Acquisition for Fountain Flow Cytometry of Rare Cells
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Andrea Noakes, Zoology & Physiology
    Climate-Induced Vegetation Changes and their Effects on Small Mammals in Southeast Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben-David, Univeristy of Wyoming
  • Abbie Patik, Zoology & Physiology
    Mechanisms of Behavioral Sequencing in Bengalese Finches
    Advisor: Dr. Jon Prather, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • Jacob Peters, Zoology & Physiology
    Is the carbon in dietary lipids routed to tissue protien? A physiology experiment with ecological implications
    Advisor: Dr. Carlos Martinez del Rio, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Reed, Molecular Biology
    Safe Food for Space Travel: New Means to Fight Listeria monocytogenes
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
  • Robert Shriver, Zoology & Physiology
    Mediation of Bark Beetle Impacts on Forest Carbon Budgets by Growth and Survival Responses of Epiphytic Lichens Advisor: Dr. Dan Doak, University of Wyoming
  • Tracy Wilcox, Math & Science
    Genetic Characterization of Thermophilic Bacteria and their Growth Patterns: Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, WY
    Advisor: Suzanne Smaglik, Central Wyoming College

2009

  • John Barksdale and Zachary Zahller, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Bicycle Brake Lights
    Advisor: Dr. David Whitman, University of Wyoming
  • Brandon Chui and Russell Martin, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Power Controller and Regulatio System to integrate Solar Photo-Voltaic and Wind Power Utilization in Commercial Applications
    Advisor: Sadrul Ula, University of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacteriumk for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Rebecca Johnson, Civil and Architectural Engineering
    Study of the Effects of Wind Power to Establish Fatigue Design Criteria for High-Mast Poles
    Advisor: Dr. Jay Puckett, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua McConnell, Chemical Engineering
    SERS Detection of Viral DNA using Morpholino Oligos Tethered to Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Pribyl, Geology and Geophysics
    Long Term Perspectives on the Effects of Climate change on Southern Wyoming’s and Northern Colorado’s Water Resources
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shumans, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Reed, Molecular Biology
    Function of c-di-GMP in the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Robert Shriver, Botany
    Analysis of fire history of an isolated limber pine forest, Pine Forest Range, NV
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas Minckley, University of Wyoming
  • Heather Talbott, Zoology and Physiology
    An Independent, Localized GnRH System in the Heart
    Advisor: Dr. Donal Skinner, University of Wyoming
  • Ryan McDonald, Zoology and Physiology
    The use of dendrochemistry and DNA analyses to evaluate the impact of nonnative species on river otters and aquatic-terrestrial linkages in Yellowstone Lake
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben-David
  • Christine Bell, Zoology and Physiology
    Do Mayflies adn their Parasites Behave Differently in the Absence of Predaceous Trout?
    Advisors: Dr. Robert Hall & Benjamin J. Koch, University of Wyoming

2008

  • Emily Byra
    Influence of gender and estrogen on cardiac deconditioning in microgravity
    Health Science/Nutrition, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jun Ren
  • David Dixon
    Effects of propranolol in rats when applied following subsequent stress reminders in post-traumatic stress disorder
    Pharmacy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Clark
  • Kyle Fox
    Analysis of SPIN FET characteristics with variations in material properties and thickness of Ferromagnetic Materials
    Electrical/Electronic (Physics), University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jinke Tang
  • Joseph Griffith
    Nitrogen Deposition in the Snowy Range of Wyoming
    Environmental Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams
  • Kyla Jones
    Influence of gender and estrogen on cardiac deconditioning in microgravity
    Life Sciences, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jun Ren
  • Trent Mankowski
    Investigating energy transfer in Ce3+ and Cr3+ co-doped phosphors and their applications in white light emitting diodes (LED’s)
    Physics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jinke Tang
  • Daniel Peterson
    Extremal Graph Theory and the Optimization of Communications Networks
    Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. G. Eric Moorhouse
  • Joseph Reed
    The Role of Light in Virulence and Biofilms in Klebsiella Pneumoniae
    Molecular/Cell Biology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky
  • Timothy Reed
    An Investigation of the Landscape Development and Climatic History of Table Mountain, Fremont Co., Wyoming
    Earth System Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisors: Suzanne Smaglik and Carol Frost

2007

  • Alyssa Cooper
    Synthetic Spider Silk: an Emerging Biomaterial
    Electrical Engineering and Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Randolph Lewis
  • Joseph Griffith
    Organic Matter and Soil Characteristics of High-Elevation Alpine Zones above 3,200 meters in the Mountains of North-central Colorado and Southeast Wyoming
    Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams
  • Karl Heimbuck
    Factoring Integers with Elliptic Curves and Applications
    Department of Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Andreas Stein
  • Geoffrey Luke
    Autonomous Navigation through Binocular Computer Vision
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Cameron Wright
  • Sage McCann
    Identification of Thermophilic Bacteria and Characterization of their Habitat: Big Horn Spring at Hot Spring State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Department of Chemistry and Geology, Central Wyoming College
    Advisor: Prof. Suki Smaglik
  • Jeremy Pepin
    Synthesis of a Simple Predecessor of RNA and DNA
    Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. John Hoberg
  • Micah Schuster
    Constraining Galaxy Evolution via Hydrogen Line Emission Luminosity Functions
    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale
  • Dane Taylor
    Micro-fluidic Droplet Oscillation and Transport Analysis with Matlab Simulation
    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Thayer
  • Sean Ukele
    Use of Nanoparticle Structures to Promote Stability and Activity of Extracellular Enzymes for Application in Biofuel Cells
    Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson
  • Teal WyckoffSagebrush Community Structure Characterization for Improved Remotely Sensed Imagery Utilization in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming
    Department of Geography, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Driese and Dr. Steven Prager

2006

  • Dustin Carruthers
    Applications in Control Theory: Quad Rotor Helicopter.
    Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. John F. O’Brien
  • Jim Gampetro
    Thermoplastic Resin Impregnation of Fiberglass Tows for Pultrusion.
    Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath
  • Bryan Gorges
    Improving Future Undergraduate Research Providing Remote Control for the Physical Sciences Rooftop Telescope
    Computer Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Adivsor: Dr. Steven Barrett
  • Joseph Griffith
    Organic Matter and Soil Characteristics of High-Elevation Alpine Zones Above 3,200 meters [10,500 feet] in the Mountains of North-Central Colorado and South-East Wyoming.
    Dept. Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams
  • Robert Grogan
    Modeling and Simulation of Parallel Robotics with Matlab
    Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. John O’Brien
  • Westin Joy
    Analysis of solutions of the Possio integral equation in 2D aeroelasticity.
    Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Peter Polyakov
  • Ben Kelley
    Extrasolar Planet Search in NGC 188.
    Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky
  • Laura Portscheller
    Extrasolar Planet Search in NGC 188
    Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky
  • Katie Rogers
    Discovering the Genetics Behind Hormone Signaling Pathways
    Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Fay
  • Qi Qi Wang
    Substance P and GnRH in the Role of the Circadian Cycle
    Zoology/Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Donal Skinner

2005

  • Brenda Christensen
    Transmitting information securely and correctly using secret sharing schemes and elliptical curve cryptography
    Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Bryan Shader
  • Heather Hanson
    Spitzer Nearby Galaxy Survey
    Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Daniel Dale
  • Scott Kelley
    Remote identification of fluvial & eolian benches and terraces in the Laramie Basin
    Geography, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Prager / Daniels
  • Kandace Krejci
    Development of a GIS model to identify private and mineral ownership near key sage grouse leks
    Natural Resources, Sheridan College
    Advisor: Dirk Birkholz
  • Erik Reynolds
    Light-induced oxidation & reduction of iron: a primordial iron cycle on Earth and Mars
    Zoology/Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Patricia Colberg
  • Patrick Shea
    Testing and analysis of circumferential properties of titanium tubing
    Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Mark Garnich
  • Qiqi Wang
    Expression of GFP by the GnRH receptor promoter
    Microbiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Donal Skinner
  • John Willford
    Development of luminescent biosensor for rapid detection of Eschericha coli 0157:H7
    Animal Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Lawrence Goodridge

2004

  • Andrew Curtis
    External and Semi-External Algorithmic Analysis of Massive Graphs and Digraphs
    Computer Engineering and Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shader
  • Ruben Mares
    Climate change and the wolf management plan in Wyoming: forecasting effects of changes in precipitation and temperature on wolf livestock depredations by 2025
    Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben David
  • Lindsey Melhaff
    Analysis of Anisotropic Elastic-Plastic Properties of Titanium Tubing
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Garnich
  • Susan Pitts
    Rock and Mineral Identification by Raman Spectroscopy
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Marrs
  • Gregory Sarchet
    Sustained Released Progesterone from Liposomes to Control Ovarian Cancer
    School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Delwar Hussain
  • Brian Scoggins
    BALQSOs: Different Species or Different Angle?
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Mike Brotherton
  • Eric Tretter
    Bacterial Fe(II) Oxidation in Alpine Lake Sediments: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg
  • Lisa Ann Weber
    The Effects of Humic Substances or Iron and Manganese Redox Cycling
    Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Sullivan

2003

  • Andrea Adams, Brian Durtschi, Erin Hennings, and Loren Cook
    Microgravity Aerobic Resistive Exercise Device
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath
    NASA scientists have documented the rapid bone density loss and muscle deterioration experienced by astronauts on long duration missions in zero-gravity environments such as the international space station. NASA has been working on ways to combat this problem, through medication and exercise. This project will be to design and fabricate an innovative exercise machine similar to a stair stepper, for use in zero-gravity. This machine will incorporate aerobic and resistive training, which are both necessary to prevent bone and muscle loss in a microgravity environment. The goal is to create an effective exercise devise which meets the standards currently expected by NASA, and test it in a microgravity environment through NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program (RGSFOP).
  • Benjamin CoburnComplex Shaped Composite Fittings
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath
    Composite materials are important to the aerospace industry because of their low density and high strength properties. One of the major drawbacks for composite materials use is joining members together and insuring failure will not occur at the joint area. This research project will create a procedure for designing, fabricating, and testing complex composite joint geometries. This would allow the advancement of composite material usage within consumer-based markets. Design consideration will entail maximizing strength while minimizing stiffness gradients across the composite joint and structure.
  • Justin Schaefer
    X-Ray Analysis of Broad Absorption Line Quasars with Extreme Properties
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton
    Previous X-ray satellites have not had the sensitivity of XMM-Newton and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. We are using this newest generation of instruments to study the X-ray faint class of broad absorption line (BAL) quasars. BAL quasars differ from other quasars in that they are seen though high-velocity outflows that absorb X-rays. By observing BAL quasars at X-ray energies, we can learn about properties of the outflow unobtainable in any other manner. These outflows are likely intrinsically associated with the accretion process that powers all luminous quasars.
  • Michael Stanchak
    Bacterial Fe(III) Reduction in Alpine Lake Sediments: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Microbiology Program, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg
    There is good evidence that bacterial iron reduction may have been an important process on early Earth. More recently, we have learned about the existence of bacteria that carry out the reverse reaction via anoxygenic photosynthesis. We will investigate four hypotheses about how iron is cycled in iron-rich alpine lakes and study the anaerobic microbial communities that inhabit lake sediments in the Snowy Range of SE Wyoming, particularly those bacteria that participate in the biogeochemical cycling of iron.
  • Daniel Webber
    Muscle Integrity and Preservation in Hibernation
    Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Hank Harlow
    Hibernation by small mammals provides researchers with a good model to investigate the accompanying physiological effects of prolonged inactivity. The study of how these animals circumvent muscle disuse atrophy offers potential solutions for better human adaptation to the inactivity and detrimental affects on the body associated with long-term space flight. This research will specifically compare the preservation of muscle integrity between a facultative hibernator (black-tailed prairie dog) and a spontaneous hibernator (white-tailed prairie dog) during the winter with a non-hibernator (lab rat).

2002

  • Brian Day
    Influence of Simulated Microgravity on Glycoprotein Biosynthesis
    Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Donald Jarvis
    This project will examine the effects of simulated microgravity on recombinant glycoprotein production by transgenic insect cell lines that encode mammalian glycoprotein processing enzymes. These transgenic cell lines were specifically engineered for improved N-glycan processing and it is expected that simulated microgravity will provide further improvement.
  • Carrie Donnell
    Linking Subglacial Hydrology to Meteorological Conditions
    Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Joel Harper
    This research will focus on the relationship between meteorological conditions at the glacier surface and hydrological conditions at the bed of the glacier. This is an independent research project on Bench Glacier, Alaska .
  • Kari Cowden
    Improved Frequency Response of a Hexapod Strut through Damping
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. John McInroy, Dr. David Walrath
    A hexapod is a six-degree of freedom precision apparatus that has been used as a vibration reduction mechanism for space applications. The object of this project is to improve the frequency response and decrease the resonant peaks by adding mechanical dampening. Two strategies will be tried; use of a different material or combination of materials in the strut, and redesign of the strut to be hydraulic.
  • Stanley Hahn
    Hands-on Physics for Casper Elementary School Students
    Dept. of Elementary Education, Casper College
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach
    This project will produce interactive physics displays, accompanying demonstrations, and summer science short courses designed to reach elementary school age students.
  • Jake Kutzer
    Astronomy in the GeV regime using the Solar Two Gamma-ray Telescope
    Dept. of Physics & Engineering, Casper College
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach
    The Solar Two gamma-ray telescope is a directed instrument that can be used to detect gamma rays from celestial objects. This project will involve analysis of data from the energy region between 20 GeV and 300 GeV, a relatively new area of exploration
  • Jennifer Satterfield
    Hands-on Physics for Casper Elementary School Students
    Dept. of Elementary Education, Casper College
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach
    This project will produce interactive physics displays, accompanying demonstrations, and summer science short courses designed to reach elementary school age students.
  • Michael Stanchak
    Iron-rich, Alpine Lake Sediments and their Bacterial Residents: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Dept. of Microbiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg
    The goal of this research is to establish a role for two types of anaerobic bacteria that mediate iron oxidation. This would be a major contribution to the understanding of microbial evolution in some of Earth’s earliest non-thermal aquatic ecosystems.
  • Jacque D. Sundquist
    Detection of Specific Microorganisms in Real Time
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson
    The goal of this research is to detect single pathogenic microorganisms by developing a new method for real-time detection of individual bacteria in food or water
  • Monica Yetter
    Science Journalism: Reporting NASA-funded Research at the University of Wyoming
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Science Journalism, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna, Jim Kearns
    This internship will provide training for conveying science topics to the general public. Monica will work as a science journalism intern with the University of Wyoming News Service . The project will focus on reporting of NASA-related research and endeavors.
  • Jennifer Zygmunt
    Testate Amoeba Ecology in Rocky Mountain Peatlands: Assessing Applications in Paleoecology and Biomonitoring
    Dept. of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Jackson
    This study will investigate the ecology and distribution of testate amoebae in Rocky Mountain peatlands. Because they are sensitive to environmental variables, testate amoebae can potentially be used for environmental monitoring and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.

2001

  • Lisa Beatty
    Detection of Specific Microorganisms in Real Time
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson
    The goal of this research is to detect single pathogenic microorganisms by developing a new method for real-time detection of individual bacteria in food or water
  • Kathryn Cantrell
    Photometric Studies of the Old Nova RW UMi
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna
    RW UMi is an unusual classical nova that is undergoing changes in its photometric period and may be in a pre-eruptive stage. This may be an opportunity to determine the properties of novae before eruption, a very rare occasion. The objective of this project is to obtain, evaluate and analyze new photometric data for RW UMi at the WIRO, Red Buttes, and Asiago Observatories during the 2001 May-July period.
  • Chris Hackman
    Photometry of Southern Hemisphere Clusters in the SDSS Filter System
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Allyn Smith
    The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) will systematically map one quarter of the sky using a new system of five wide band filters (u’g’r’i’z’). In March and August 2000, observational data were obtained for several open star clusters in the southern hemisphere using this filter system. Detailed analysis of a subset of these data will be performed, specifically looking at age and metallicity effects within the SDSS filter system. This will lead to a better understanding of the filter transformations and will allow recalibration of existing models of stellar parameters. It will also lead to a better overall understanding of the u’g’r’i’z’ filter system.
  • Stacey Hager
    Meteorites and Their Impact: Discovery, Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Marrs
    This project will summarize methods for finding, collecting, evaluation, and interpreting meteorites and impact craters. It will provide students and the public with information about meteorites and meteorite craters and their influence on the history and evolution of Earth and the solar system. Results will be presented as a stand-alone display that will encourage interactive study in a classroom, conference room, museum, or other public space.

2000

  • Kody Featherston
    Shoshone Irrigation District Week Monitoring Project
    Agriculture Engineering, Northwest College
    Advisor: Randall Violett
  • Thomas Huebner
    Mapping and Tracing Obsidian-Bearing Terraces in the Green River Basin, Southwestern Wyoming
    Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming Advisor: Cheryl Jaworowski
  • Sarah Stokes
    Modeling Dwarf Novae
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
    Advisor: Ron Canterna

1999

  • Julie Kellogg
    Detection of Specific Pathogenic Microorganisms in Real Time
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson
  • Christopher Rodgers
    Planetarium Software Workbook
    Dept. of Physics & Engineering, Casper College
    Advisor: Paul Marquard

1998

  • Gilbert Esquerdo
    Photometric Search for Extra-Solar Planets
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell
  • John Gillham
    Wyoming Rangeland Radiometry Biomass Prediction and Satellite Applications
    Dept. of Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ann Hild
  • Libby Huskey
    Structural Optimization of a Six-legged Vibration Isolation/Precision Pointing Platform
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Nancy Peck
  • Jeremiah Malmberg
    Aluminum Corrosion & Aluminum Corrosion Inhibition Using Raman Spectroscopy
    Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Buttry

1997

  • Kelly Brennan
    Sonic Thermometer
    Dept. of Natural Science, Sheridan College
    Advisor: J. K. Chu
  • Joel Maslak
    Constructing Dependable Distributed Software on a Heterogeneous Computing Form
    Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. S. Mishra
  • Arthur Mills
    NASA Technology Transfer: Integrating NASA Developed Technology into Industry
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jerry Hamann
  • Patricia Van Lew
    Photometric Search for Extra-Solar Planets
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell

1996

  • Chris Schock
    Relevance of Communication Cost on the Performance of Dependable Distributed Software
    Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. S. Mishra
  • Joseph Smith
    Study of Discrete Dynamical Systems
    Dept. of Mathematics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. P. Polyakov
  • Frank Stroik
    Analysis of Unidentified Wyoming Meteorites
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Carol Frost